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Janet McSweeney Lindner

Janet is vice president for human resources and administration at Yale University.

As the university’s chief human resources officer, Janet has responsibility for recruitment and staffing, talent development, diversity and inclusion, organizational excellence, compensation, benefits, labor relations and union-management partnerships, employee relations, communications, HR information systems, and the employee service center. In addition to human resources, Janet oversees a range of the university’s administrative operations including police, security operations and systems, emergency management, travel, parking and transportation, housing, and publishing services. Before her appointment as vice president, Janet served in many key roles at Yale, including deputy vice president and director of the university’s Tercentennial celebration.

Prior to joining Yale, she was chief administrative officer for the City of New Haven, responsible for the city’s operations including police, fire, emergency management, parks, facilities, public works, human resources, procurement, and the public libraries. Before coming to New Haven, she worked in the mayor’s office in the City of New York as assistant director of operations. She began her career working as business agent for Local 32BJ, SEIU, then worked for the NYC hotel trades council, after which she was appointed deputy director of the City of New York’s labor-management programs.

She currently serves as chair of the board of United Way of Greater New Haven, and has served as a board member and officer of The Mory’s Association.

Janet holds a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, a master’s in public administration from Baruch College, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is happily married to Steve and their two children have flown the nest. Their daughter Julia is married (they are proud grandparents to her daughter) and runs her own beauty business while their son Emmett is working on his MFA in writing at Columbia. Steve is retired and has gone back to photography, with his work having been exhibited in several recent shows.